The usually indefinable, sometimes indefensible, often unpredictable Buffalo Bills jumped back into the AFC Playoff picture with their second straight division and conference win by deplaning the Jets on Thursday Night Football.
The game ended with the Jets seeing red and the Bills seeing green.
“Baccardi Rumbo” stole the show in the Nike Color Rush Bowl, forcing three turnovers which won him the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award. While his name is, of course, Bacarri Rambo, it’s impossible not to mess with it.
Duke “Don’t Call Me Dukey” Williams scooped up a Let’s Get Ready to Rumbo! stripping on a KR and pranced 26 yards untouched into the end zone which proved to be the game changer.
The Bills power run game, when healthy, is what it’s supposed to be, and perhaps more because of Karlos Williams. The Bills are the #2 rushing team in the NFL. Shady McCoy put the team on his back and the Jet defenders on theirs most of the game with several electrifying jukey runs. Karlos The Jackal shivved the gang green with his razor sharp runs up the gut, surprising pass catching ability, and his insistence on not stopping running until after he has reached the end zone.
KW has seven TDs in his first six professional games and can break the NFL record for TDs in consecutive games for rookies tonight against Satan, which is held by the Pats** own Robert Edwards.
Tyrod Taylor was efficient if unspectacular and continued his consistent play and concentration on not turning the ball over. TT’s one main criticism, not going through his reads and progressions across the entire field, is partially due to not wanting to force the ball. His leadership and football smarts are what make him the man right now, and cannot be measured in stats. But if we want to go there, Taylor is still at the top tier of the league in passer rating, yards per attempt, and completion percentage, as well as 5-2 as a starter.
The Bills much maligned offensive line is not quite a well oiled machine but its cogs are coming together slowly. TT had a pocket to throw from most of the night and Shady had creases in the run game against the Jets ferocious front seven. When the game was on the line in the late fourth quarter the offensive line and McCoy were at their very best and iced the Jets.
On defense, Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore gave the Jet WRs as much separation as red/green colorblind fans had distinguishing jerseys while watching on TV. There isn’t a better CB Combo in the league right now and Darby, especially, has been a revelation if not a godsend.
Considering the Bills still don’t have a formidable pass rush it’s all the more noteworthy, and Darby is now the leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year after being highly questioned as a #2 pick and highly criticized after an up and down preseason.
Rex Ryan’s insistence on not giving RD help in training camp turned into a brilliant strategy. Doug Whaley, with no first round pick because of the Sammy Watkins trade, drafted two budding star players in Darby and Karlos in the second and fifth rounds respectively, as well as a third starter in RG, John Miller.
Ultimately the defensive strategy against New Jersey was to let Fitzy be Fitzy, and Fitzmagic didn’t disappoint.
At least if you are a Bills fan.
Fitz showed his guts and guile as he almost always does, but he continues to get insane credit for being so smart when he is criminally stupid taking hits, and insists on attempting passes that his arm can’t cash.
Rex exacted his revenge on the Jets franchise and Rex-obsessed media with a series of Jedi mind games that took the pressure off his players and put all the attention on himself, where he likes it. Whether or not that strategy works or not is highly debatable, but the players love him for it. Rex couldn’t hide his sheer gloat, er, glee, late in the game, spiking his headset harder than Gronk deflates a football after a TD.
So with the Jets sufficiently grounded after the Bills loss and yesterday’s embarrassing debacle against the lowly Cowboys, the UnpredictaBills play their third straight AFCE team, the CheatriPats** on Monday Night Football.
A second straight national audience appearance and win for the volatile Bills could catapult them to national attention and consciousness. The lying, cheating, weasel, Mr. Bunchen, is having one of his best seasons ever, but the Giants should have beat the Cheats last week, and losing one of their other main weasels, Julian Edelman, is a huge loss combined with Dion Lewis. The dink and dunk could make the Evil Empire drink and drunk. This PatriCheats team is ripe for another national embarrassment.
It’s just a matter of which Bills team will show up tonight. It’s all so unpredictaBills.
So come on down to The Madhouse on Santa Monica tonight to bask in the glory of the regime change.
Or drown your sorrows.